The Observer

The Day the Music Died

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 31, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Top Stories

The skeleton of Prospect Music casts a long shadow over Huron Road in downtown Cleveland. The autograph book, where legends like John Coltrane and The Who’s Pete Townshend commemorated their visits, will never again see the pen of another passing musician. After 77 years, Prospect Music is closing on Se...

Catch a concert or show this weekend

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

August 31, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Friday, Aug. 31 What: Front Porch Concert Series: The Chris Vance Quartet When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Lakewood Public Library Notes: This free, outdoor jazz concert is perfect for a picnic with friends and family. If there is inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the library’s auditorium. &nbs...

Freedom reigns supreme at the Bop Stop

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A revolving door of musicians took the stage on night of Aug. 21 at the Bop Stop in Ohio City, as part of “Outlab: Experiments In Improvised Music.” Once a month, the venue turns into a free form jam session devoted to the beauty and excitement of improvisation. The first makeshift band consisted of the fo...

A conversation with Jim Norton

A conversation with Jim Norton

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Comedian and two-time New York Times bestselling author Jim Norton brought his brand of unapologetic candid comedy to Hilarites in Cleveland on Aug. 17 and 18. The radio personality appears on the “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show,” and hosts the “Chip Chipperson Podacast” and “UFC Unfiltered Podcast wi...

Festivals take over Cleveland

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Friday, August 24 What: Greek Festival When: 4-11 p.m., noon-11 p.m. on Saturday and noon-10 p.m. on Sunday Where: Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral   Notes: This annual celebration invites people of all nationalities to come and enjoy Greek food and culture.   ...

Playlist of the Week: Welcome to College Parties

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Dear first year students, Welcome to college. In case Saturday nights at Kelvin Smith Library aren’t your vibe, here’s a list of songs you will hear at every single party you go to this semester. “God’s Plan” – Drake When Drake released “God’s Plan” in January of this year, it immedi...

Appearing in a theater near you, Cleveland-based extras

Sarah Parr, Director of Business Operations

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

No matter who you are, getting your 15 minutes of fame is possible in Cleveland. Film production companies big and small are known for taking advantage of the city's affordability. And good news: it’s relatively easy to be a part of one of these films as an “extra” or “background talent...

Classical music in an unexpected place

Classical music in an unexpected place

Derrick Liu, Contributing Reporter

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It’s a busy Tuesday night and not a vacant stool is in sight at the beloved West Side bar, Happy Dog. Bright red and green neon lights illuminate the black upholstery and laminated tabletops, all loaded up with fresh tater tots and Happy Dog’s namesake hot dogs. Two televisions hang above a lon...

Travis Scott’s “Astroworld”: A masterful rollercoaster ride

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As the title suggests, Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” plays out like an amusement park, with enough attractions to keep any listener engaged. Exciting high-speed rides, mind-altering Tilt-A-Whirls and heartfelt carousel rides come together for an hour well worth the price of admission. “Stop...

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie

Kyle Smith, Contributing Reporter

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Death Cab for Cutie’s “Thank You for Today” is a concept album that sounds like coming home to find that a loved one has been replaced with an unconvincing robot copy. The album sees the longtime giants of indie rock take their sound in a synth-heavy direction that doesn’t mesh well with their ...

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